Tuesday September 16th, 2014
Tuesday September 16th, 2014
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Hard nuts await legislators as NASS resumes

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File Photo: Tambuwal, Mark, Jonathan

THE National Assembly on July 17, 2014 embarked on its annual vacation to allow the legislators have some rest after hectic legislative assignments. It also afforded them the opportunity to consult with their constituents, oil their political wheels ahead of the 2015 general elections as well as commission their constituency projects

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2015: INEC’s additional polling units suspicious — Ayo Adebanjo

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Chief Ayo Adebanjo

CHIEF Ayo Adebanjo is an elder statesman and Chieftain of the Pan-Yoruba socio-political Organisation, Afenifere.
Adebanjo, who was a delegate at the just concluded National Conference, comments on the confab and why the report should be implemented before the 2015 general elections.

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Our case against Jega’s 30,000 polling units— Aka Ikenga

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Goddy-Uwazurike

Against the backdrop of the insurgency ravaging the North-east, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, recently created 30,000 polling units in preparation for the 2015 general elections. Chief Goddy Uwazurike, President of Aka Ikenga, Igbo professionals group, who was also a delegate at the just concluded National Conference, bares his mind on the issue among others

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I am not an ethnic jingoist — INEC boss

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Clark, Jega  and Ekwueme

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, last Wednesday, addressed the media on the Commission’s controversial proposal to create 30,000 additional polling units across the country. He answered questions from reporters who attended the briefing. Below are excerpts of the question and answer session.

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1966 Coup: Ironsi rejected our nominee to replace slain Prime Minister Balewa – Mbazulike Amaechi

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Amaechi Mbazulike

Nigeria’s first Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi lives in Nnewi, Anambra State. In an encounter with Sunday Vanguard, he spoke on the Nigeria of his days as minister and how, despite the resolve of his colleagues in the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa-led cabinet to continue the First Republic following the assassination of the Prime Minister, the military, led by General G.T.Y. Aguiyi-Ironsi, sacked the democratic process.

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Polling Units’ Scandal: Jega’s theory and the dangers ahead

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Anambra Supplementary Election: INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru  Jega addressing pressmen , announcing November 30 for Supplementary election at  Anambra State  while National Commissioner Lawrence Nwuruku looks on in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

The attempt, last Wednesday, by Professor Attahiru Jega, National Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to explain away the inherent incongruity in allocating Polling Units, PUs, to states of the federation with less probability of having more voting population, an exercise that should have been carried out relying on field data, only served to further pour cold water on the Chairman of Nigeria’s election management body.

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What I forgot at Government House, Owerri —Ohakim

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Ikedi Ohakim

Immediate past governor of Imo State, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim, recently declared to run for the office of governor which he vacated nearly four years ago. In this interview, he speaks on his current ambition among other issues concerning the state.

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Behind the scenes of the ex-Enugu dep. gov’s ‘trial’

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Onyebuchi: Chime asked me to take all instructions given by Mrs. Nwobodo

The impeachment drama in Enugu State ended with the removal of Deputy Governor Sunday Onyebuchi and the appointment of Rev. Raphael Nwoye as his replacement.

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Edo 2015: Defectors are no threat to APC – Amanokhan

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APC-PDP

Mr Mika Amanokha is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State. In this interview, he insists that the Governor Adams Oshiomhole – led APC in the state will defeat the PDP despite the defection of some APC members to the PDP. The House of Assembly aspirant for Etsako East also explains why he wants to represent Oshiomhole’s constituency in the House of Assembly

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Delta 2015: The Andrew Warri challenge

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UDUAGHAN

Next year, Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan will retire having served two terms.

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Why we are after Amosun’s job – Ogun PDP guber aspirants

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Gov Amosun

Four governorship aspirants under the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State have explained why they want to unseat the incumbent governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun in the coming election in the state.

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Any hope for Delta beyond Oil Initiative? Onoriode, Ethiope East boss answers

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Chief Sunday Eromedoghene Onoriode is the Transition Committee Chairman of Ethiope East Local Government. In this interview with journalists, he spoke on Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s Delta Beyond Oil initiative, the just concluded PDP primaries in Ethiope East and other issues.

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I won’t leave LP secretly — Mimiko

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Gov Mimiko

ONDO Sate Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has denied planning to leave the Labour Party (LP) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying he is not in a hurry to leave the party that gave him the platform to emerge as the governor of the state.

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Why we’re yet to approve $1bn insurgency loan — Sen Ndoma-Egba

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*Ndoma Egba

SENATE Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN, represents Cross River Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly. In this interview, he bares his mind on the $1 billion loan required to combat the Boko Haram insurgency and the alleged bid to stop his return to the Senate by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Cross River State. He also spoke on other issues.

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Rivers 2015: Jonathan ’ll not stand against our will — Major Anyanya

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Lancelot Anyanya

MAJOR Lancelot Anyanya (rtd), Chairman, Governing Board of National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirant in Rivers State, in this interview de-constructed the general belief that closeness to the presidency would guarantee an automatic victory for any candidate at the primaries

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Delta 2015: Political job men mustn’t succeed Uduaghan — Owo

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owo

Mr. Chukwudi Owo, president and chief executive of Resourcefield Inc. and former head, General Services of Shell Petroleum Development Company, in this interview, speaks on Delta politics and why Deltans should elect Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi as governor in 2015

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2015: Nigerians ’ll experience rapid transformation under Jonathan — Erokwu

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Chike Erokwu

Chief Chike Erokwu is a caucus member of Vibrant Transformation Awareness and Leadership Development Initiative, VITALDI, and also president, Big Mike Foundation. In this interview, he among others assures Nigerians of the better performance if President Goodluck Jonathan is re-elected in 2015.

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National economy: Surplus liquidity and stomach infrastructure

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THE week that the Bureau of Statistics announced the healthy state of the Nigerian economy (with impressive growth rate of 6.3 per cent also carried the pleasing news of the recapture of Bama (in North-East of Nigeria) by the gallant security forces from the ravaging Boko Haram insurgents

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Politicisation of Boko Haram insurgency, bane of Nigeria’s anti-terror fight (2)

  /   in Politics, Special Report, Viewpoint 9:46 pm   /   Comments

Abubakar Shekau

This is where things started to fall apart between Boko Haram and politicians/government officials in Borno State. Available reports point to some sort of disagreement between the group and some politicians following the 2007 elections (e.g. over monthly stipends payable to the group). This was followed by recurring clashes between Boko Haram members and the local police, especially over police harassment and arrest of Boko Haram members.

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Adamawa 2014: The battle of two lawmakers

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Adamu Fintir

COME October 11, 2014, barely a month from now, Senator Mohammed Bindow Jibrilla, representing Adamawa North Senatorial District and the Adamawa State Acting Governor, Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri will go into contest for the Dougirei Government House, Yola

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Implementing confab report ’ll save Nigeria — Igini

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Barrister Mike Igini

MR MIKE Igini, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Cross River State, in this interview reels out steps to ensure the implementation of the just concluded National Conference report among other issues

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Senate: How and why PDP won Niger-East by-election

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Nuhu Zagbayi

LAST Saturday’s Niger East senatorial bye-election was more than a bye-election. It was a fierce battle between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), a tussle that started in 2007 after the primaries for the governorship election

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Adamawa 2014: NYSC gives INEC conditions on corps members’ participation

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Voters being accredited before the postponement last Saturday

As next month’s governorship bye-election in Adamawa State draws nearer, the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, has spelt out stringent conditions which must be satisfied by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before serving corps members could be released for the polls.

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PDP wants power to pauperise Edo people — Obadan

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Rev. Peter Obadan is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Deputy Governor of Edo state. In this interview, he bares his mind on the recent defection of some APC members to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the Osun governorship election and other national issues

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2015: Elechi’s zoning formula divides Ebonyi

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*Gov Elechi

THERE seems to be uneasiness among politicians in Ebonyi State, especially those from Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone, where is it believed that the next governor of the state would emerge from.

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2015: Delta North won’t accept dep gov slot — Ogboli

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Ogboli-pics

Charles Ogboli, a rights activist, is a gubernatorial aspirant in Delta State ahead of 2015. In this interview, he speaks on his quest to govern Delta and his desire for President Goodluck Jonathan to run for presidency in 2015.

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In 2015, there ‘ll be calamity if… — Tobun

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Hon. Tobun Abiodun

MR Tobun Abiodun, represents Epe Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly. In this interview, he expresses concern over the state of the nation and declares that calamity may befall Nigeria in the absence of free, fair and credible elections.

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Abia 2015: Will charter of equity prevail?

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PDP Special National Convention: Delegates casting their votes at 2013 PDP Special National Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

FIVE months to the 2015 governorship election in Abia, the question of which senatorial zone should produce Governor Theodore Orji’s successor is generating intense debates across the state

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Abia 2015: Wabara, Ndoki raises stake

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tHEO-Orji

The political understanding that Ukwa/Ngwa in Abia South Senatorial Zone will easily produce the next governor has been put on the scale with the entry of Sir Marc Wabara into the race

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It’s legal to gang-up against Jonathan — Balarabe Musa

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*Balarabe Musa

Alhaji Balarabe Musa, former governor of Kaduna State, in this interview, fears that the 2015 polls would not be free and fair because the conditions for credible election are not in place. He also justifies northern leaders’ gang-up against President Goodluck Jonathan so long as it is legal. He accuses the Federal Government of conspiracy and cover-up in the abduction of the 219 Chibok schoolgirls and urges the set up of a commission of inquiry on Dr Steven Davis’ comments on sponsors of Boko Haram

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Ikimi’s epistle of frustration

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IKIMI-1

ON August 27, the news media widely published the press statement issued by Chief Tom Ikimi announcing his resignation from the All Progressives Congress, APC. In the statement, Chief Ikimi chronicled his stewardship in the APC and his hard work towards the formation of the party. He further discussed his ambition to be the chairman of the party and the reasons he failed

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2015: APC, PDP battle for Yobe

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Gov Ibrahim Gaidam

The political atmosphere in Yobe state is getting charged as the electorates and politicians are divided over who to support ahead of the 2015 gubernatorial elections.

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